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    First English Edition of a
    Satirical Journey to Another Planet

    Nicholas Klim [pseudonym of Ludwig, Baron of Holberg]. A Journey to the World Under-Ground. London: for T. Astley & B. Collins, 1742. First English edition. Twelvemo. [A] 2, B-O12, P6. [4], 324 pages. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, lacks title-label. Binding worn, label on spine lacking, dampstaining to end-sheets not affecting text, first blank nearly detached, one leaf creased. Despite these flaws, this is a tall copy, internally clean. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Classic novel of a fantastical descent to a small planet in the hollow center of the Earth, first published in 1741 in Latin. "A series of satirical imaginary societies exposing follies and prejudices, in the tradition of Lucian, Hall, and Swift." [Gibson] "...Holberg, satirist as he was, was having his fun parodying the long tradition of the cosmic voyage. Nowhere in the earlier literature of that voyage, I think, is there a scene so amusing as that when Klim neared the little world of Nazar, and nowhere except in Voltaire is there more pungent satire upon the obsession of two centuries with the ideas of the new astronomy." [Nicholson]

    ESTC t91064. Beasley 104. Gove 303ff. Block 111. CBEL II, 995.

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    August, 2015
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